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was bring it to the floor. they wouldn't even let us do that. they wouldn't allow the courage to have a vote on this. >> reporter: gray rights groups saw this as the last chance before the election to over turn the 17-year-old law. >> it ought to go. it's unamerican and in consistent with our values of opportunity. >> reporter: democrats blamed republicans. >> looking at a bleak elect oral situation, we are going to jam this through. >> reporter: president barack obama's pick to lead the marine corp didn't help. general james amos said he didn't think congress should lift the ban, however the white house remains optimistic. >> the president continues to urge congress to act. i don't think this is the end. >> reporter: under the proposed legislation, the repeal would not have taken effect until the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the joint chief of staff signed off but one republican senator called that process phony since the two military leaders are on record supporting the president and efforts to lift the ban. >>> one of the president's top economic advisors plans to leave
pastor jones are pouring in from a wide range of groups, including the black panther and the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. general petraeus said if one american burns the q'uran, this could place many u.s. soldiers and civilians in jeopardy. he said, quote, images of the burning of a q'uran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in afghanistan and around the world to enflame public opinion and to incite violence. hundreds of afghans took to the streets of kabul, chanting death to america and long live islam because of the planned curan burning. the religious leaders appealed to understand that extremists in the u.s. don't represent the mainstream. >> don't use these incidents as hateful as they are and hurtful as they are, to justify any kind of hatred against america. >> reporter: the faith leaders have a long list of questions, including a statement about the government's commitment to freedom and helping local jurisdictions use the laws to prosecute them when necessary. >> and president obama will spend part of the 9/11 anniversary at the pentagon and this is a second year i
would hurt the military. bob barnard joins us with more. >> president barack obama and defense secretary robert gates have said they want to end "don't ask, don't tell." it's a controversial policy now headed to the u.s. senate to settle. >> since passed by congress in 1993, "don't ask, don't tell" has allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military but not openly. in may, the house of representatives voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." now it's the u.s. senate's turns. >> let me be frank. introducing sexual tension and conduct into our barracks will be a distraction from the very business of the military and that is protecting us from our enemies. >> reporter: antigay groups and some military chaplins say they want the law left as is. >> what's at stake here is that chaplins who hold to a traditional view of morality and the teaching of scripture could eventually be precluded from joining as a chaplin because that view is in contrast with the military's stated policy. >> reporter: the pentagon is in the middle of an in-house survey to see whether allowing gays to serve openly wo
. here's how it all started. the two candidatessed to us yesterday they have been wronged because the controversial ball lot said it had been authorized by citizens for change and a man named charles somers. the problem is that the candidates say neither really exist. when we talked to him, muse said he saw jerry mathis handing out the ballots. so we tracked him down today to get his side of the story. you were handing them out. >> absolutely. my people were handing them out. other people were handing them out. >> reporter: did you put this together? >> i did not put it out. there does exist a citizens for change and they are absolutely citizens. they exercise their constitutional right to put out a ballot. the first amendment right. i helped them to understand the political system. >> reporter: is charles somers the treasurer a real person. >> he is a real live, smart, very astute citizen who wants to see change. >> reporter: now do you know how we can find him? >> i have been in contact with charles and i have decided to come out on his behalf at this point because my name an my
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